June 16th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama campaign rounds out general election staff

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign has filled out its general election roster with a few familiar faces – including Hillary Clinton’s embattled former campaign manager.

Patti Solis Doyle had faced criticism from Clinton loyalists over her handling of the campaign’s finances and strategy. She exited the top spot shortly after the New York senator’s disappointing showing in the February 5 Super Tuesday contests, and according to sources close to Clinton, the two have not spoken since. She will serve as chief of staff for Obama’s yet-unnamed running mate.

Another major figure from a former rival’s campaign will also take on a key role: Jen O’Malley Dillon, who served as Iowa State Director for former Democratic candidate John Edwards, will serve as Battleground States Director.

Stephanie Cutter, who served as John Kerry’s spokeswoman during his presidential run, will serve as senior adviser to the campaign and Michelle Obama’s chief of staff.

Jim Messina, Chief of Staff for Senator Max Baucus, will take the same position in Obama’s campaign.

Some Clinton aides, including a longtime adviser and a top campaign staffer, told CNN's Jessica Yellin Monday that the news of Solis Doyle’s hire is not being well-received by many of those close to the New York senator and by former members of her campaign team. Many in that group became "angry and furious with her" over the campaign’s performance early in the primary season, and share a widespread belief she "grossly mismanaged our campaign."

"[T]here was no modicum of planning, none of the backup plan that would be in place at any smart campaign in the event we'd lose Iowa, no planning after Super Tuesday," said one former aide. Other former Clinton advisers say there is plenty of blame to go around.

(Full list from the Obama campaign after the jump)

New roles announced today:

Constituency Director: Brian Bond – formerly LGBT Outreach Director at the DNC
National Field Director: Jon Carson – formerly Obama for America Voter Contact Director
Senior Advisor to the Campaign and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama: Stephanie Cutter
Industrial States Regional Director: Paul Diogardi – formerly Political Director for the Democratic Governor’s Association.
Battleground States Director: Jen O’Malley Dillon – formerly Iowa State Director for John Edwards for President
Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee: Patti Solis Doyle
Latino Vote Director: Temo Figueroa – formerly Obama for America National Field Director
First Americans Vote Director: Wizipan Garriott
Northeast Regtional Director: Eureka Gilkey – formerly Obama for America Deputy Political Director
50-State Voter Registration Director: Jason Green – formerly Obama for America political and field staff
Campaign Chief of Staff: Jim Messina – formerly Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus
LGBT Vote Director: Dave Noble – formerly of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
West Regional Director: Matt Rodriguez – formerly Obama for America New Hampshire State Director
Senior Advisor: Michael Strautmanis
African American Vote Director: Rick Wade

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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. HELEN


    June 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. MARYANN Oswego IL

    I want Hillary R Clinton back...she is for every American in every state

    June 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Down with Obama

    One thing he won't take is ……………..her voters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Chut Pata

    It is nice to see a First Nations vote director and a Latino vote director. However Obama needs more vote director like a Jewish vote director. He may think Muslims would automatically vote for him but that may not be true. People like Daniel Pipes are already telling Muslims that Obama is a convert from Islam to Christianity and hence a per Islam killable. A Muslim vote director would need to ensure that Muslims vote for him en bloc like they did for Bush in 2000!

    June 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. AJ

    I guess the rats smell the cheese. If Obama thinks he is going to win over supporters of Senator Clinton by pulling this kind of crap he should think again. Obama and the Obama camp seem to be doing all they can do to alienate us (Clinton supporters.) Obama better think about what he is doing. If he thinks he can win the White House with the African American vote and the McGovern Democrats, I have news for him, it wont happen!

    June 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. ohio voter

    What are you going to have Kerry, Dodd, Richardson, Brazile and Dean do for you during this critical campaign?? By the way, please send Pelosi and Reid back to the House and Senate and make them do something positive and constructive. Ask them to "clear the way" for your "coming".

    June 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    That is my president: Rounding his troops. The battle is on.

    June 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Bob From Pittsburgh

    Andy J, NY wrote:

    “The age discrimination against McCain, and the nasty things that have been said, have absolutely no place in civil political discourse.”

    Unfortunately age is important, remember Ronal Regan? Remember his wife prompting him?
    Remember him Toasting to Bolivia, when in fact he was in Brazil?
    This is the guy that was making decisions in the white house, and sorry to say he die from that horrible decease.

    Do you want the same again? Regan was younger than Senator McCain.

    Does McCain forget important details?


    June 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. mk5112 tx

    Obama really isnt black- his father was Arab and his mother was white. In many African countries there is a real difference between being born an Arab and being born a Black or African (excuse me if i didnt say this the best way- i mean no harm to any one). Their birthcertificates do distinguish between the two. Obama senior was Arab with Muslim as his religion.
    So Obama is not a AA – he is arab american. He also wouldnt be the first president with african american behind him- Lincoln also had AA bloodlines and there were several more besides him.
    I believe they are trying to control to much of what is going on- and they should- that would certainly be one way to prove to people what a mistake his presidency would be.
    Hillary was thrown under the bus but I see her landing on her fight- this will only make her more powerful in the senate. If he doesnt make her the VP, he will pay for it over and over again.

    June 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. TXBad1

    Obvama, supporters do not Discriminate against nothing ask hes Pastor Wright , and took Obama 20 years of his sermons to see that, Rock on Obamanites, follow the wolf Like sheep to a slaughter come November

    McCain 2008 Hillary 2012!

    June 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. John

    I left the Democratic Party when they made this final turn for the worse.

    They need to clean house and start over if they ever want my vote back.

    I'm an independent now and will vote for McCain, not Obama in November.

    Black-American's for McCain '08

    June 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    I miss Hillary!!!! Please come and save us, Hillary. We do need a "Clinton" to clean up after this "Bush" too........

    June 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. MD

    Everyone has a some description, except for Wizipan Garriott, The American Indian in charge of First American Vote. I had to look him up on google.

    Obama certainly has reached out to all sections of the population and has built an all-inclusive team.

    I hope when he gets elected president, he would do the same in his cabinet and government posts.

    June 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    Everytime I See Mccain Smile I Know He Is Thinking About That Rape Joke!

    June 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. TAllis

    I understood we had a primairie each party chose his nominee,why you some people keep saying bring back Hilary,let us focus to win the election instead of to stir up division.In life there will always be a winner and a loser.That is the fact.

    June 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Andy Arlingen

    Look at these appointments, all supporters of losing candidates. Makes one wonder if they were paid off by Obama to cause Edwards and Clinton to lose. (???)

    June 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. David

    Why are Obama fans so hateful. They attack everyone who doesen't agree with them or is not a fan of Obama. All the name calling to McCain and his age. But God help us if its about Obama.

    Also, CNN, do you only post pro Obama comments?

    June 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. maca

    I am Hillary's supporter and Obama will never, never get my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McCain 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. HM


    June 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    This Team Of People Is Going To Overwhelm Mccain And His Camp!

    June 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Venus

    This is great! Let the war began!

    Let's get it on because we don't get along!


    I love it! Go Obama!

    June 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. LS

    What exactly is "anti-American?" Does it mean "American Love it or Leave It?" As in no criticism is ever allowed? I prefer "America Love it and Fix it." Thank you very much. As a self-described bleeding-heart liberal against the Iraq war, I know many would call me anti-American and say that I don't support the troops. What do these people DO that makes them superior Americans, and patriots? I mean other than call others names? I can tell you what I DO. I regularly get on the USO site and send care packages for our troops. I donate to the Fisher House which pays for the families of wounded soldiers to be near them. I donate to Veteran's charities. I'll be voting for Obama in November. (I'm a white 48 year old female.) If Hillary had won the nomination, I would have voted for her. Neither Age, Race, nor Gender should be an issue. Sadly the world and people in it have not evolved to that point yet.

    June 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. joanne

    This is such a complete joke.

    Obama is telling people how to be fathers' the Audacity of Arrogance LOL he will never be Hillary Clinton and will never win this November........he is unbelievable........a black tring to be white and a President only for blacks. What a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go McCain you have more integrety in your little finger then Obama will ever have. He is laughing at you.. He is and will always be a man for himself.........................McCain deserves respect like Hillary did but will never get from OBAMA...................or his OBAMBOTS>>>>>>>>>>

    June 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    This Makes Mccain And His Camp Look Even Worse! He Is So Slow And Has Not Even Gotten That Far Yet! He Is To Busy Pushing For Town Hall Meetings! Stay The Course Mccain . . . It Will Be Over Before You Know It!

    June 16, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Vig

    There were a variety of factors that allowed an unknown like Obama emerge as the King of the World while the more substantive and experienced Hillary tossed aside – in my opinion it's sexism – plain and simple – conscious or unconscious, owned or unowned. The core "mistake" Clinton made was not addressing this outright – not making more of the historical gains women have made through the years; not acknowledging the pioneers; not putting a voice to the past, not taking on the sexist media. I actually emailed her campaign during the Iowa and New Hampshire primary time frame advising that this needed to be addressed by the candidate herself. Her campaign never took on the media such as CNN, MSNBC – it wasn't until SNL made fun of CNN by their obvious bias toward Obama – by then it was already too late. It's not by chance that we are seeing, hearing and reading about two males, once again, after 200 years.

    June 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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